Governor Jennifer M. Granholm announced today that more than $3.6 million in federal Transportation Enhancement funding will be awarded to seven Michigan counties. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will distribute the $3.6 million in Transportation Enhancement funding to 10 projects that will beautify communities and promote the use of non-motorized trails. All of these projects will break ground during the 2007 construction season.
"Healthy communities are critical to a healthy Michigan. This federal funding will make some of Michigan's great downtowns and natural beauty more accessible to visitors and residents alike," Granholm said. "From constructing trails for biking and walking in Lapeer County to updating the entrance to Caledonia's business district, these projects are helping to strengthen the high quality of life that makes Michigan a great place to live, learn and earn."
The seven counties receiving funding are: Benzie, Gratiot, Ingham, Kent, Lapeer, Oakland, and St. Clair. Matching funds add approximately $2.8 million, creating a total investment of approximately $6.4 million in quality of life benefits to these communities.
"Transportation Enhancement grants give communities the opportunity to make improvements with trails, streetscaping and other ways that make a real difference in economic vitality and quality of life," said State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle.
Under federal law, 10 percent of federal surface transportation funds are earmarked for Transportation Enhancement projects. Administered by MDOT, the grants enable communities to invest in projects such as landscapes, streetscapes and bike path development.
Transportation Enhancement funds can provide up to 80 percent of the money required for each project, with the remainder coming from state and local governments and the private sector.
"Phase II of the streetscape is an exciting project and will be a wonderful improvement to another block of downtown South Lyon," said Mayor John Doyle Jr. "Many people and organizations have put forth great effort and time to make sure it has come to fruition. I look forward to seeing the completed project and what an enhancement it will be aesthetically, in addition to improving the walking environment of the downtown area." Following are the projects, listed by county: